World Cup 2019: Afghanistan vs Australia Match Preview

  • Australia will look to start their title defence on a positive note.
Modified 01 Jun 2019, 09:30 IST

Australia have the edge over Afghanistan in this opening fixture
the edge over Afghanistan in this opening fixture

Australia and Afghanistan are set to battle it out in the fourth fixture of the ICC World Cup 2019 at the County Ground, Bristol. Australia must be beaming with confidence after beating England in their last warm-up game while Afghanistan can be a dark horse in this edition of the World Cup. Both the teams will be looking for clinical performance and open their World Cup account with a victory.

Australia has been a decent side after finding their feet in the limited-over cricket under Aaron Finch. With two back-to-back away series triumph against India and Pakistan, the Kangaroos arrived in England with a lot of confidence and anticipation. The Australian squad looks more dangerous with the comeback of David Warner and Steve Smith. However, their bowling lineup might be the weak link as they lack variety in their attack. The reigning champions would be eyeing to dominate the tie when they take on Afghanistan in their opening match.

Afghanistan, on the other hand, has been the most revamped outfit currently in the cricketing world. Their victory against Pakistan proved yet again that Afghanistan can outplay any team on their day. In their second World Cup appearance, the Asian outfit will look to open their account against the defending champions. With match winners like Mohammad Shahzad, Rashid Khan, and Mohammad Nabi in their ranks, Afghanistan would be hoping to upset the Kangaroos tomorrow in their World Cup opener.

Match Details

Date: Saturday, 1st June 2019

Time: 06:00 PM IST

Venue: County Ground, Bristol

League: ICC World Cup 2019

Live Telecast: Star Network

Online Streaming: Hotstar


Venue Stats

Avg 1st Innings score: 244

Avg 2nd Innings score: 216

Highest Total: 373/5 (50 Ov) by ENGW vs RSAW

Lowest Total: 92/10 (24.5 Ov) by ZIM vs Eng

Highest Chased: 359/4 (44.5 Ov) by Eng vs PAK

Lowest Defended: 182/10 (50 Ov) by NZ vs Eng



Gulbadin Naib (C), Hamid Hassan, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Hazratullah Zazai, Noor Ali Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Samiullah Shenwari, Mohammad Shahzad, Aftab Alam, Dawlat Zadran, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Rashid Khan, and Mujeeb Ur Rahman


Aaron Finch (capt), Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa

Probable Playing XI


Mohammad Shahzad, Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Ashgar Afghan, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Gulbadin Naib, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Aftab Alam and Dawlat Zadran


 David Warner, Aaron Finch, Usman Khwaja, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Mitch Starc, Adam Zampa and Nathan Lyon

Published 01 Jun 2019, 09:30 IST
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